My girlfriends and I spent 10 unforgettable days in Europe in May 2016. The occasion was my upcoming July wedding. Our bachelorette trip started at Côte d’Azur or the French Riviera, which is on the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. We visited Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Saint-Tropez, Eze, and Monaco. Absolutely beautiful places! Ibiza, the party capital of Europe, was our second destination. Notorious with its lively nightlife and summer parties, Ibiza also offered Renaissance architecture with labyrinthine streets and wonderful beaches. Our trip finished at the enchanting seaside city of Barcelona, Spain, home of boundless culture and fabled architecture. It was the Best Bachelorette Party in Europe for us.
Since we were staying at an AirBnB in the beautiful town of Antibes, renting a car allowed us to move from one location to another pretty fast. We spent one day sightseeing Éze and Monaco, two beautiful locales on the sunny Southern coast of France.
It’s worth noting that while Éze and Monaco aren’t that far apart geographically (only about a fifteen minute drive along the coast), they are each distinctly unique culturally. Éze is a French commune, which is similar to a civil township, and stretches from the edge of the Mediterranean Sea on the Riviera to the hilltop Éze-Village. It is this magnificent hilltop view that the commune is known for, providing a wonderful panoramic view across the entire area. Owing to its picturesque sights and small, close-knit community, Éze is often referred to as a village musée – a museum village.
In contrast, Monaco is a city-state with an incredibly dense population for its small size. While it is geographically only a fraction of the size of Éze, the population of Monaco is considerably larger- about 38,000 people populating roughly two square kilometers. While Éze is laid-back and scenic, Monaco is fast-paced and exciting. It offers great opportunities for the best bachelorette party in Europe. Tourism is huge here, aided by the attractive draw of low tax, a booming gambling industry, sports like football and rugby, and of course, Formula One racing. The whole city was already geared up for the next Formula One competitions when we visited Monte Carlo.
Between the two locations, this best bachelorette party girls’ trip was not short on excitement or relaxation. Here are a few of our favorites from that week: